Teen suspected of murdering two during US protests said “I just killed somebody”


A teenager charged after two people were shot dead during US protests was heard saying “I just killed someone” seconds after the attack, authorities say.

Violence broke out for three nights in a row in Kenosha, Wisconsin, after black man Jacob Blake was shot in the back seven times by a white police officer.

Protesters clashed with self-styled militia patrolling the city streets, and on the third night that turned deadly as a gunman shot and killed two people in an horrific incident caught on camera.

Suspect Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, was arrested and has now been charged with six offences, including causing the death of Joseph Rosebaum and Anthony Humber.

According to the criminal complaint, one video records Rittenhouse saying “I just killed somebody” after shooting Mr Rosenbaum.

Rittenhouse was carrying a Smith & Wesson AR-15 style rifle but “was not handling the weapon very well,” one witness states in the complaint.

“The recovered magazine for this rifle holds 30 rounds of ammunition,” it adds.

It also states one video shows Mr Huber approaching Rittenhouse when he was on the ground.

Mr Huber appears to try and grab the AR-15 from the gunman before he opens fire.

“Huber staggers away, taking several steps, then collapses to the ground, the complaint states. “Huber subsequently died from this gunshot wound.”

Rittenhouse was arrested on Wednesday at his mother’s home in Antioch, Illinois, after armoured police vehicles just drove past him minutes after the fatal shootings.

Calm has returned to the streets of Kenosha following the tragic incident.

“Last night was very peaceful,” Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth told a news conference. “Hopefully, we are over the hump of what we have to face.”

Kenosha’s first night of calm since the protests came after Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul identified Rusten Sheskey as the officer who on Sunday fired seven shots point-blank into the back of 29-year-old father Mr Blake.

Kaul said investigators found a knife on the car floor.

Shockwaves from the events in Kenosha were felt across the United States as professional athletes, starting with National Basketball Association players, went on strike and anti-racism protests intensified in other cities.

President Donald Trump predictably slammed the boycotts on Thursday, saying the NBA had become “like a political organisation”.

But Democratic Senator Kamala Harris, running with former Vice President Joe Biden to unseat Trump in the November election,instead praised the players.

Referring to the shooting that left Mr Blake paralysed, she said: “It’s sickening to watch. It’s all too familiar. And it must end.

“It’s no wonder people are taking to the streets, and I support them.”

Tonight she said that from what she had seen, the officer involved should be charged.

Her comments came as civil rights leader Jesse Jackson lamented what he called a “pattern of killing black people” and blamed Trump for creating a culture in which police were encouraged to use excessive force.

Activists, community advocates and the family of Mr Blake have called for the officer to be charged.